Call for Choirs: City of Derry International Choir Festival

Call for Choirs: City of Derry International Choir Festival

Friday, 31 March 2023, 5.00pm

The City of Derry International Choir Festival is now accepting entries for this year’s festival, which takes place on 18–22 October 2023.

There are many ways that choirs can participate – in our International, National (UK and Ireland) and Schools competitions, as well as a range of non-competitive opportunities.

All opportunities (both competitive and non-competitive) can be found at under the Take Part tab or by downloading our brand new 2023 syllabus here.

Deadline dates for entries
International Competition: Friday 31 March 2023
School/national competitions and non-competitive entries: Friday 26 May 2023

Join us for a very special festival on 18–22 October 2023!

About the Festival 
Derry Choir Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this October.

Preparations are underway at the City of Derry International Choir Festival for an extra special edition to mark its tenth anniversary, taking place on 18-22 October 2023. The Festival is now accepting entries for its full selection of events, so get your applications in as soon as possible in order to avoid any disappointment – you won’t want to miss this year’s very exciting programme.

In 2023, Derry Choir Festival will bring together singing groups of all sorts, from across the UK and Ireland, including local community singers from the region’s thriving choral scene, as well as a new crop of international choirs who will compete for the Oak Tree of Derry trophy.

School, local, national and international choirs are invited to join us for a 5-day feast of singing, which will include concerts, pop-up performances and educational workshops, all taking place in the Millenium Forum, the Guildhall and in a varied selection of venues across Derry, Strabane and Donegal.

Participating groups and local audiences will also be treated to a programme of concerts by world class guest artists. The long list of outstanding groups who have appeared at previous festivals includes The Sixteen, Tenebrae, Voces8, The King’s Singers and The Real Group, as well as a series of truly memorable gala concerts from the Festival Chorus and the Ulster Orchestra. Full details of the programme will be announced over the course of the coming months, so keep an eye on the Festival’s website and the usual social media channels.

For information on how to take part visit

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Published by Journal of Music on 16 January 2023

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